María Cristina Quintero

Fairbank Professor in the Humanities
María Cristina Quintero headshot


Phone 610-526-5080
Location Old Library 144


Ph.D., Stanford University.
M.A., University of Pennsylvania.
B.A., Queens College, CUNY.

Areas of Focus

Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish literature, women writers, gender studies, Cervantes, lyric, and theater.


Maria Cristina Quintero has been teaching at Bryn Mawr since 1993. She recently published two co-edited volumes: Beyond Spain’s Borders: Women Players in Early Modern National Theaters (Routledge, 2016) and  Perspectives on Early Modern Women in Iberia and the Americas (Escribana Books, 2015)Her second single-authored book Gendering the Crown in the Spanish Baroque Comedia was published in 2012 by Ashgate, U.K. In addition, she is the author of Poetry As Play: Gongorismo and the Comedia and the editor of Luis de Góngora, a special issue of Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. She has published numerous reviews and articles on Renaissance theories of translation, gender and lyric poetry, and the politics of the comedia in Hapsburg Spain. Her articles have appeared in MLN, Hispanic Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Bulletin of the Comediantes, and Cervantes; and in anthologies on early modern studies, including Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial SpainWriting for the Eye: Literature and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Spain and Crossing the Channel: Symbolic and Material Circulations Between Spain and England.

She teaches courses on Cervantes, the picaresque, the development of the lyric in Renaissance Spain and Italy, Spanish drama, introduction to Comparative Literature, and the representation of women in Spanish literature. She has also been invited to teach graduate seminars at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.